My Go-To Dress

summer dress over 40

Shooting photos in the midday sun…

It probably wasn’t the smartest idea. Professor M had to fiddle with the camera settings quite a bit to get the white balance right, and half of the pictures still turned out somewhat overexposed, with weird shadows on my face. Add time pressure into the mix, and this is what you get.

In other words, these photos were snapped really quickly, in 5 minutes, just before hubby and I had to catch the train…

But you know what, I sort of like them.

Yes, you can see it was a really bright day, and the shadows on my face are odd… What I mean is, I like the atmosphere in these photos.

They remind me of the photos (of myself) I like best. I know it sounds odd, but many of the blog photos I like the most were often taken in a hurry. Sort of point-and-shoot, ready or not… And because of that they’re somehow more real, less posed. Or less composed. And that’ the case with these photos, too. Which why I decided to post them, weird shadows and all…

retro summer dress

shirtdress over 50

And the dress?

I’ve featured this dress on the blog many, many times already… And I probably will feature it again, this summer and the next one. Because it’s a classic. The dress, I mean.

It’s a classic because it doesn’t date; it always looks good. And it can be accessorised endlessly. And it’s a very flattering style for me. It’s my go-to dress for days when I don’t know what to wear. Every woman needs at least one dress like that.

And this last photo, then?

Well, that was ‘Midday Sun Photoshoot, take 2’, about half an hour later, just before I had to catch the tram (to see my hairstylist, if you must know…). It wasn’t much better. The midday sun…

Unikko bag

Outfit details:

dress: Pahse Eight (old) / bag: Marimekko / sunglasses: Prada /

shoes: Van Dal / belt: Esprit (old) / necklace. vintage

Do you have a go-to dress?


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  1. No Fear of Fashion
    3 June 2018 / 6:43 am

    I agree with you on the atmosphere in the photos: happy. And indeed the dress is one to wear until it falls apart and then have it duplicated.Greetje

    • Tiina L
      6 June 2018 / 7:41 am

      Thanks, Greetje.That's a good idea, duplicating the dress.

    • Tiina L
      6 June 2018 / 7:41 am

      Thanks, Ivana.

  2. Jill James
    5 June 2018 / 11:00 am

    I agree your photos turned out rather well despite the bright light. Your dress is a winner , I can see why it it a favourite. The Marimekko bag is so colourful.

    • Tiina L
      6 June 2018 / 7:42 am

      Thanks, Jill. This dress can be dressed up or down, and accessorized endlessly. Yes, it's a winner, for sure.

  3. jodie filogomo
    5 June 2018 / 2:52 pm

    We struggle with the sun and photos so many days!! It's hard to get the three of us out and about before the sun is too high or late enough for that golden hour. But it's all good—it's real life, right??I love a denim dress—I have a couple and they are the easiest ever!!

    • Tiina L
      6 June 2018 / 7:43 am

      Yes, real life. But that's why we read blogs, right? We get real life instead of perfect, and it still works.Thanks, Jodie.

  4. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    5 June 2018 / 9:05 pm

    I can see why this is your go to dress! You look great in it and of course the sunshine always helps xx

    • Tiina L
      6 June 2018 / 7:44 am

      Thank you!

  5. Jane Davidson | Typically Jane
    6 June 2018 / 4:51 am

    So cute and so classic! What a gorgeous dress!

    • Tiina L
      6 June 2018 / 7:44 am

      Thanks, Jane!

  6. Samantha Blair
    6 June 2018 / 9:13 am

    Thank you so much for linking up to #Fakeituntilyoumakeit Tiina!No wonder it's your go-to… perfection in a dress.The shape, the cut, the colour… I love it!Have a fab week!XXXSamanthaFake Fabulous | Style Tips and Fun with Fashion, over 40

    • Tiina L
      9 June 2018 / 10:43 am

      Thanks, Samantha!

  7. Suzy Turner
    7 June 2018 / 9:22 am

    I think the photos are lovely! And the dress is gorgeous. I can totally understand why it's your go-to dress!Suzy

    • Tiina L
      9 June 2018 / 10:44 am

      Thanks, Suzy!

  8. señora Allnut
    7 June 2018 / 12:16 pm

    I also prefer some 'spontaneous' potos taken in a hurry, because of the atmosphere!.And I love your dress, it looks so comfy and cool and you look gorgeous, comfident and relaxed!, lovely accessories too!besos

    • Tiina L
      9 June 2018 / 10:46 am

      Thank you.Yes, spontaneous is better. We always take a lot of photos, sometimes in several locations. And I usually like the first batch best.

  9. Jessica Jannenga
    7 June 2018 / 1:53 pm

    It can be tricky taking pic is the summer because of the sun. I think yours are very lovely and natural. i love your classic dress on you and your floral bag is a nice touch!jess xxthanks for linking!

    • Tiina L
      9 June 2018 / 10:47 am

      Thanks, Jessica.Sunshine can be a challenge, for sure. I usually try to find a shady spot to take photos, but it's not always possible.

  10. A Labour of Life
    8 June 2018 / 1:48 pm

    what a great dress though, and bright sun is better than rain right? Don't forget to come link up over at A Labour of Fashion my Thursday Link up.

    • Tiina L
      9 June 2018 / 10:50 am

      Oh yes, sunshine beats rain, for sure.Thanks, Linda.

  11. Emma Peach
    12 June 2018 / 11:22 am

    I find taking photos in bright sunlight tricky but yours turned out great. I love your dress, it looks fab with the red belt and necklace. Thanks for linking up!Emma

    • Tiina L
      27 June 2018 / 3:59 pm

      Thanks, Emma.

  12. Elizabeth Ramsey
    13 June 2018 / 7:17 pm

    Always put a shirt dress on my list of core closet items to own for just the reasons you stated. Such a pretty and classic look!

    • Tiina L
      27 June 2018 / 4:00 pm

      Thank you, Elizabeth! Shirt dresses are so practical, one-stop dressing at its best.

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